Not even the dodgy electrics, lack of central heating and pre-1970s decor could put us off - some hard work was a fair pay off for the welcome that we felt from the house, plus its stunning view. After getting the keys, we spent ten months renovating the house from top to bottom - there's not a surface that we didn't touch nor a wall that we're not intimately acquainted with! The house is a three bedroom 1930s mid terrace in Brislington, a suburb in the south of Bristol. The house hadn't been touched in years, so there was a lot of work to do. We mostly kept the original layout, but one big structural alteration was knocking through the kitchen and dining room to make one big room that spans the back of the house. This involved knocking down the existing coal house, designing the balcony, getting planning consent for it, and then actually finding a company who could construct it for us - the latter was probably the hardest part of the process! It was all worth it though and the balcony space is a wonderful addition to the house, particularly in summer. My favourite part of the house is the kitchen diner - I love having a sociable space where we can be cooking and talking to guests at the same time. My husband would agree with this, but he'd also add the wood burner - a long-held dream that was finally realized in this house! Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? Contact the editors through our House Tour & House Call Submission Form.
On October 7, the Wright Auction house is holding the Modern Design auction. We just received our catalog and are planning a few posts highlighting some beautiful examples of modern design that will be on the block next month. We kick it off today with a selection of dining chairs. The auction is October 7 at 12pm.All info is here. The Wright Auction house is located at 1440 West Hubbard in Chicago.
Was re-organizing the pantry on your list for spring cleaning? If it wasn't, you might consider adding it, and taking care of the deed before this Saturday morning, May 13. Why? As part of the nation's largest single-day food drive, your local letter carrier will pick up non-perishables from your doorstep this Saturday morning and deliver them to food banks in your area. I personally have a whole bunch of unopened stuff in my kitchen pantry that I craved when I was pregnant and now can't fathom eating another bite of for years to come, like tapioca pudding mix and dehydrated mashed potatoes. All going into a bag for the letter carrier.... The press release issued for the tenth annual 'Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive' by the National Association Of Letter Carriers says: Making a donation is easy. Customers should leave their non-perishable food donation in a bag near their mailbox on Saturday, May 13, before their letter carrier arrives.
We usually can't look at big crystal chandeliers without thinking of over the top opulence. When we saw an add for this Baccarat Eight-Light Chandelier with Hurricane Holders, we sort of wished we had a grand formal dining room to hang it in. It costs close to $17,000, so it's not on our Christmas wish-list, but wow is it wonderful.
Dorm life may seem like it doesn't have many choices when it comes to living a green lifestyle. You'd be surprised at the ways you can make a difference. Follow these great tips and not only green up your life but hopefully your roommate's too. Use task lighting with compact florescent lights to save energy. Buy foods that don't need to be microwaved or cooked, instead eat healthy fruits and veggies in between dining hall meals. Don't turn that window air conditioner on instead use a fan to cool the room.7. By plugging all of your electronics into power strips and being sure to turn them off when you're not in the room you can save tons of energy. Improve your air quality and decorate with a constant visual reminder of the fact that you're going green.
You can hide your TV, display it like a piece of artwork, skip the surround sound, or go all out. Luckily with the right furniture, you can make your media room look less like a sports bar and more like the perfect place to curl up and watch your favorite show. After the jump we take a look at the 10 best looking media rooms we've found this month.....
Based in Japan, Leif.designpark is a collective of three designers, Takashi Ueno and Mamoru Naito and Keizaburo Honda, whose work is both modern and deeply traditional. 'The unstained natural colors of wood must result from absorbing the numerous nutrients within the soil. The diversity is amazing. Tone is an attempt at producing furniture using effectively materials and skills established in the Japanese culture.' While the 'Green' furniture movement in the US has been diligently looking for more and more ways to use unfinished wood, we thought this was a great addition to the mix.
Q: My home was designed with a very narrow dining space between the living room and kitchen. At 9ft by 9ft and it is simply too narrow for our dining room table. We have moved the table to the much larger family room around the corner and enjoy using the 'Dining space' for an office/library. Any suggestions for how to make it an attractive, comfortable and functional extension of the living room? While we're at it, any advice on the very open kitchen? Rug suggestions? Should I paint the cabinets white? Editor: Let Megan know what you think in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
Yesterday we received the missing component to our mini home theater setup: the digital audio coaxial cable. We had to create a slightly larger hole and after a couple of attempts, we were able to snake through our HDMI to DVI cable, alongside the DLP projector's power cord. The finishing touch was to cover the hole with a metal faceplate; fortunately the hole is mostly invisible from view thanks to the projector blocking it. We did run into one last problem that has yet to be solved; our digital coaxial cable is just a little short from reaching all the way into the closet to the hidden DVD player; also, its black coloured cabling is highly visible even when snaked around the wall moulding from the Yamaha YSP-800 speaker. Currently, we've placed the DVD player underneath our couch with the speaker wiring running in temporary fashion until we install some Wiretracks and Wiremold Cord Protectors. We'll also have to order another coaxial audio cable from Monoprice. Remember not to under-compensate for cable or wire length...it's better to have too much than too little. 'When everything we could do was finished, we fired up a Flight of the Conchords DVD set a friend recently lent us and enjoyed the system for the first time at a fully operation level. Let me tell you, watching the LCD screen is going to be painful from now on after enjoying a 92' picture.
Our post about Gray Kids Rooms inspired Ohdeedoh reader Leah to write in and share some pictures of the gray kids room she designed for her first child.... 'When we were expecting our first kid last June we didn't find out the sex and wanted to go with a good neutral color for our nursery that doubles as a guest room when the grandparents are in town,' Leah told us. 'I choose the Dwell Robin Motif bedding first and then went with gray on one wall and left the other three walls white. We use the blue and green out of the Robin bedding for accent colors and have since added many pieces to compliment the room - a Robin Rosenthal counting poster as well as a blue Eames RAR rocker. The room has a calm cool feel even on hot and sunny SoCal days. Plus, it works great for my son.' Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France.
After collecting dozens of paint swatches, they settled on Sherwin-Williams' Beguiling Mauve, a color that satisfied their 'Preference for blues while having enough red in it to make the trim stand out less.' Read on for after pics and an interview that reveals every detail about this color makeover.... The Color Cure: How long have you lived in your home?Monica: 4 years. The Color Cure: When did you overhaul your space?Monica: Mostly in the six weeks between closing on the house and moving out of our apartment. The Color Cure: How long did it take?Monica: Getting to a 'Clean state' didn't take too long, though removing all the staples from the carpet and padding seemed to take forever! Everything else was done in stages. For this room I wanted a wall color that would make the lighter colors in the room stand out and the woodwork recede, if at all possible. The Color Cure: How much planning did you put into the project?Monica: When we put an offer on the house we knew we'd have the carpet pulled up and the floors underneath refinished, and the wallpaper would be taken down. The Color Cure: What was the most challenging part of the project?Monica: Being patient. The Color Cure: Did you learn a new skill during your home improvement project? Monica: I'm happy with the new TV cabinet, it was brown and had a really dinky drawer pull. The Color Cure: Are you happy with the outcome?Monica: Yes, definitely! Do you have a Before & After or a Color Inspiration Story to share with The Color Cure? Go ahead and get your entries in soon.
Hi AT,. Our bathroom is tiled in seafoam green and yellow. Email us with QUESTIONS in subject line: sf(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)comLink To All Good Questions.
We've just purchased the Eames Molded Plywood Lounge chair in Walnut and it seems absolutely dwarfed by our massive Ikea coffee table. The Lounge chair is just so low that it seems to be lost in the room next to the white table.... I'm looking for a good alternative - should it be round? Should it be glass or acrylic? I've been contemplating the CB2 'Peekaboo' coffee table but I think it's too big for our space and I'm concerned about scratches! Apartment Therapy to the rescue please!! Thanks for your time, Megan. Megan, congrats with the new Eames Molded Plywood Lounge chair. We completely agree with your assessment about the Ikea coffee table being a poor match with the lower profile of the chair. Whether you go round or square seems less of an issue than the point of picking a coffee table that sits at a height compatible with your seating. We also see an opportunity to bring in a bit more colour like you have with the addition of a walnut chair, as the clear acrylic table may result in a room filled with too similar of a palette since the table would give a view of the neutral tone rug below. Ideally, you would consider saving up for something like a Saarinen Low Oval Coffee Table with a walnut veneer or maybe something square-minimal like this Mott Modern Coffee Table which sits low while providing a sufficient surface area to span the space between your sofa and your chair. Of course, with some time and patience, perhaps you could find a vintage piece, like this wonderful vintage coffee table from Swank in St. Paul, shown here. I'm sure many of our readers have their own opinions of tables that would match your decor and layout.